Better to eat the fruit than to drink the juice.

I believe that fruit juices contribute to easy consumption of excessive amounts of sugar.  Drinking juice is counterproductive to your weight loss goals. Fruit juices are packed with sugar and calories, even though many masquerade as a healthy beverage option.  This is especially true when sugar is added to juices (think cranberry “juice,” which is bitter without added sugar).

Take POM Wonderful, the pomegranate juice, for example. They were “busted out” on the website

Judging by this declaration on its website, you’d think it was completely healthy for you:

“POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice is a little bit sweet, a little bit tart and a whole lotta healthy. Bursting with superior levels of naturally occurring antioxidants it’s 100% authentic, 100% delicious and 100% pure, meaning there’s no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices. We have also provided over $34M in funding to support scientific research on POM products at top institutions around the globe so raise a glass to life and to the pursuit of healthiness.”

The reality, however, is not so rosy. This 16-ounce bottle contains 68 grams of sugar and 300 calories—hardly the pursuit of healthiness. A good rule of thumb is if it tastes too good, it’s probably bad for you. Take a look at this Jack Lalanne video on sugarholics. Fruit juice contributes to this addiction.

Fruit is great for you, just not the juice. We’ve talked about this before, specifically with respect to grapefruit juice – I used to drink 1-2 quarts a day of grapefruit juice when I was heavier.

Pomegranates may reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce systolic blood pressure, and inhibit viral infections. Just be sure to eat the fruit.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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